Supporting neighbors through volunteerism and charitable giving is an important part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana's (BCBSMT) corporate citizenship. It’s what we call Blue Corps – activating employees to participate in the communities where we live, work and play. Giving back to Montana communities is an extension of our commitment to build lasting relationships with our members and health care providers.
In 2021, 66 BCBSMT employees donated more than 3,800 hours despite the pandemic once again limiting the opportunities for in-person volunteerism. Our employees donated their time to 84 nonprofit groups, giving them a cash equivalent of more than $108,000.
BCBSMT employees also invest in their communities’ needs by contributing generously to BCBSMT’s charitable giving campaign.
Please direct questions to volunteer coordinator Randi Heigh.
Governor’s Cup and Kids Marathon
BCBSMT is the long-standing sponsor and organizer of the Governor’s Cup, Montana’s premier running event for nearly 50 years. About 4,000 people annually participate, including more than 2,500 elementary students who participate in the Kid’s Marathon, a program designed to inspire Montana’s kids to be active in a fun and rewarding group environment. Many BCBSMT employees volunteer during the two-day event to ensure it is a continued success. Learn more about the Governor’s Cup at www.govcupmt.com.
Volunteer of the Year
BCBSMT’s 2021 Volunteer of the Year, Julie Rader, volunteered nearly 160 hours of her time to organizations last year, including more than 115 as a member of the Montana City Volunteer Fire Department. Rader also gave her time to help teach women recovering from breast cancer and foster children how to fly fish.
In 2021, 30 community partners directly benefitted from our Blue Corps Matching Dollars program, which doubles the impact and gives extra cash to nonprofit organizations. For every hour of hands-on volunteering that an employee spends with a nonprofit Community Partner, the company donates $20 to the organization. Nearly $30,000 was given to community partners in 2021.